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bloom·er 1

 (blo͞o′mər)
n.
1.
a. A plant that blooms.
b. A person who attains full maturity and competence: a late bloomer.
2. Slang A blunder.

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bloomer2
skirt and pants as shown on a c. 1851 cover of sheet music for Bloomer Waltz, composed by William Dressler

bloom·er 2

 (blo͞o′mər)
n.
1. An outfit formerly worn by women and girls consisting of loose pants gathered about the ankles and worn under a skirt.
2. bloomers
a. Wide, loose pants gathered at the knee and formerly worn by women and girls for exercising and athletics.
b. Girls' underpants of similar design.

[After Amelia Jenks Bloomer.]

bloomer

(ˈbluːmə)
n
a plant that flowers, esp in a specified way: a night bloomer.

bloomer

(ˈbluːmə)
n
informal Brit a stupid mistake; blunder
[C20: from blooming]

bloomer

(ˈbluːmə)
n
(Cookery) Brit a medium-sized loaf, baked on the sole of the oven, glazed and notched on top
[C20: of uncertain origin]

bloo•mer1

(ˈblu mər)

n.
1. a costume for women, introduced about 1850, consisting of a short skirt and loose trousers gathered and buttoned at the ankle.
2. bloomers, (used with a pl. v.)
a. loose trousers gathered at the knee, formerly worn by women for gymnastics or sports.
b. women's underpants of similar, but less bulky, design.
c. the trousers of a bloomer costume.
adj.
3. (of a woman's garment) having full-cut legs gathered at the bottom edge: bloomer shorts.
[1850–55, Amer.; after A. J. Bloomer]

bloom•er2

(ˈblu mər)

n.
1. a plant that blooms: a night bloomer.
2. a person who develops skills to the fullest capacity.
[1720–30]

bloom•er3

(ˈblu mər)

n.
a foolish mistake; blunder.
[1885–90; bloom(ing) (as euphemism for bloody) + -er1]

Bloo•mer

(ˈblu mər)

n.
Amelia Jenks, 1818–94, U.S. social reformer and women's-rights leader.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bloomer - a flower that blooms in a particular way; "a night bloomer"
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
2.bloomer - an embarrassing mistakebloomer - an embarrassing mistake    
error, fault, mistake - a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"
bobble - the momentary juggling of a batted or thrown baseball; "the second baseman made a bobble but still had time to throw the runner out"
snafu - an acronym often used by soldiers in World War II: situation normal all fucked up
spectacle - a blunder that makes you look ridiculous; used in the phrase `make a spectacle of' yourself
bull - a serious and ludicrous blunder; "he made a bad bull of the assignment"
fumble, muff - (sports) dropping the ball
fluff - a blunder (especially an actor's forgetting the lines)
faux pas, gaffe, slip, solecism, gaucherie - a socially awkward or tactless act
howler - a glaring blunder
clanger - a conspicuous mistake whose effects seem to reverberate; "he dropped a clanger"
misstep, trip-up, stumble, trip - an unintentional but embarrassing blunder; "he recited the whole poem without a single trip"; "he arranged his robes to avoid a trip-up later"; "confusion caused his unfortunate misstep"

bloomer

noun
Slang. A stupid, clumsy mistake:
Informal: blooper, boner.
Slang: goof.
Translations

bloomer

[ˈbluːməʳ] N
1. (= mistake) → planchazo m, metedura f de pata
to make a bloomerllevarse un planchazo, meter la pata
2. to be a late bloomer (fig) → ser una flor tardía, tardar en desarrollarse

bloomer

n (Brit inf) → grober Fehler; to make a bloomereinen Bock schießen (inf)
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